Taxonomy

Castanea sativa | Sweet Chestnut | Castán

Distribution

Status

Native status

Non-native

Species Biology

Identification

Flowers: June – July; catkins

Fruit: Sweet chestnuts in spiny case

Twigs & bark: Twigs purple-brown often with longitudinal ridges; bark purplish/grey, smooth then grey-brown and ridged with spiral pattern when mature 

Habitat

Woodland, hedgerows and parkland in a wide range of soils

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Frequently planted

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Long-lived trees, known to exceed 400 years and possibly 600 years

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